While a few of us are hopeful for some exciting news tomorrow, the Pokémon series has disappointed its fair share of fans with recent entries. Whether it’s caused by Game Freak’s refusal to innovate, their cutting the National Dex, or a general observation that the series seems to be falling more and more behind other contemporary RPGs, plenty of fans are discontent. Despite Pokémon Sword and Shield’s incredible sales, many trainers are hoping to see the franchise revitalized with its next entry. If you had the power to alter, enhance, or tear down one aspect of Pokémon before its next game, what would you do?
I’d take a leaf out of an editorial recently written by our own Ben Lamoreux and totally revamp the Wild Area from Pokémon Sword and Shield. On its face, the Wild Area was a nifty step forward for the series that brought it one step closer to the open-world adventure so many of us have dreamed of from the very first time we set out as a trainer. In practice, however, it was underwhelming. If I were calling any shots for the next game in the series, I’d have the Wild Area serve as a foundation for the whole game world, and I’d vary it a whole lot more than what we actually saw in action in Pokémon Sword and Shield. I want fleshed out environments (sort of like in the Isle of Armor), Pokémon organically interacting with each other, and more. Hopefully, the Switch can handle that sort of thing, but if not, I want it as soon as possible.
What one change would you make to the Pokémon series? Why? How do you feel about where the franchise is at right now? Let us know in the comments below.